What would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power?
In THE POWER, the world is a recognizable place: there's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power--they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.
From award-winning author Naomi Alderman, THE POWER is speculative fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, at once taking us on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality, and exposing our own world in bold and surprising ways.
"Electrifying! Shocking! Will knock your socks off! Then you'll think twice, about everything."
"The Hunger Games crossed with The Handmaid's Tale."
"The Power is a subtly funny, lyrical and utterly subversive vision of an impossible future. As all the best visionaries do, Alderman shines a penetrating and yet merciful light on to our present and the so many cruelties in which we may be complicit."―A.L. Kennedy
"Fascinating....as a whole the narrative feels ingenious....deserves to be read by every woman (and, for that matter, every man)."
―The Times UK
"By gleefully replacing the protocols of one gender with another, Alderman has created a thrilling narrative stuffed with provocative scenarios and thought experiments. The Power is a blast."
―Suzi Feay, Financial Times UK
"Gripping and disturbing, it pushes the reader -- even the confidently feminist reader -- to question the assumptions underlying many of the mechanisms that drive relationships between women and men."
―Harper's Bazaar UK
"Alderman is a fluent and powerful writer."
―Sunday Times UK
"When we say that The Power is profoundly disturbing and you may well want to argue with it as you read, we mean that in a good way."
―SFX, Five Stars
"An instant classic of speculative fiction....Smart, readable and joyously achieved."
―Justine Jordan, Guardian UK
"For diversion (also important in these times), I highly recommend two writers of speculative fiction, Charlie Jane Anders and Naomi Alderman."
―Ayelet Waldman, "By the Book" column, New York Times Book Review
"A brash sci-fi fantasy, clever and coarse, calculated and hectic."
"A raw, gutsy slice of speculative dystopia."
"Like the best science fiction, this dystopian feminist fantasy holds up a mirror to the here and now."
―Mail on Sunday UK
"The Handmaid's Tale for the Gone Girl generation."
"The Power is the stuff of superhero fiction....What starts out as a fantasy of female empowerment deepens and darkens into an interrogation of power itself, its uses and abuses and what it does to the people who have it....her breakout work."
―Claire Armitstead, The Guardian
"A feminist science-fiction story that's about to make waves."
"As awesome as it is compulsive."
"Please, please, PLEASE read Naomi Alderman's The Power. It'll crack your brain open in all the right ways. Such an important, timely book."
―Literary Death Match